This is a full tutorial for making a simple bag. Depending on the size you make it can be used as a gift bag, a decorative storage bag or even a shopping bag. It is very easy to make and is great for using fat quarters if, like me, you hoard them.
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You will need:
Two different fabrics (for the A4 or A3 pattern 2 fat quarters is plenty)
Sewing Machine (you can hand sew this bag but it will take much longer)
Pins (available from Amazon)
Print out the pattern sheets. If you print them off at A3 the completed bag will be approximately 22cm (9″) wide by 18cm (7″) high
If you choose A4 printing then the finished bag will be approximately 15cm (6″) wide by 12cm (5″) high.
Cut out the pieces as directed on the pattern. You will need one main bag piece and one bag base from each fabric and the interfacing.
Iron the interfacing pieces onto your corresponding fabric pieces that you are using as your outer bag fabric. These pieces will form the outside of your bag.
Press a small fold all around the curved edges of the main bag pieces on both fabrics. This will be a bit fiddly and I recommend that you do not have your iron too hot. It will be very close to your fingers.
Fold the main bag piece in both your outer fabric and lining fabric in half. Pin and sew along the short straight sides.
Press open the seam allowances on all four seams.
Pin and sew the bag base onto the main bag piece. Do this for both the outer fabric and the lining fabric separately.
Turn the outer fabric ‘bag’ the right way out so that the right side is on the outside and the interfacing is on the inside. Place the lining ‘bag’ inside the outer fabric bag.
Position the lining ‘bag’ so that it lines up with the outer bag. Making sure that the folds you made earlier stay in place, pin the lining to the outer bag around both holes.
Sew carefully around both holes making sure that both bags are sewn together. If this is too difficult then tack the bags together before sewing.
You have now completed your simple bag. You can choose how to use it. I made a large one to put some yarn in and small ones in Christmas fabric to use them as interesting gift bags.
Please let me know how you get on and what you use your simple bags for.
If you enjoy sewing you may well enjoy some of my other tutorials and articles:
Remember to pin this article so that you can find it again later to make your simple bag!